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Kuroshitsuji (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Black Butler
Synonyms: Dark Butler, Kuroshitsuzi, Kuro Shitsuji
Japanese: 黒執事


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Sep 16, 2006 to ?
Authors: Toboso, Yana (Story & Art)
Serialization: GFantasy


Score: 8.601 (scored by 26334 users)
Ranked: #912
Popularity: #17
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In Victorian era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose prowess as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon.

The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel's parents' murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.

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Other: Kuroshitsuji Anthology Comic: Nijishitsuji
Adaptation: Kuroshitsuji, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder


Michaelis, Sebastian
Phantomhive, Ciel

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Feb 14, 2010
At first this series annoyed me to hell. Not because I'd read it, mind you. But because every time I'm go to check for some freaking updates there would be Kuroshitsuji at the top of the list, taunting me and singing "na-na-na-na you don't read me!". The obvious solution would be to read it but I was stubborn and the title looked like a shounen which i was not in the mood for.

Finally I gave in and clicked the link on onemanga, which gave me the most misleading synopsis I'd ever read. It went:

"To what extent must a housekeeper do things to be acceptable? One read more
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Nov 30, 2014
A fair notice to those of you who've completed the anime before ever giving the manga a read: A-1 Pictures hasn't done the best job adapting the manga. If you found the anime rather lacklustre and consider the manga to be more of the same, I encourage you to read through this review first before making any judgements. This review will also be periodically updated every few chapters.

Kuroshitsuji is published in North America by Yen Press. Both seasons of the anime, the Book of Circus TV series, and the upcoming Book of Murder OVAs are licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America, Manga Entertainment in read more
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Jan 5, 2009
Story (8/10):
“Aku made shitsuji desu / I am a butler to the core”

Kuroshitsuji takes place in Victorian era London and starts us off in the manor house of Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve year old head of the prominent noble English family. Assisting this young capitalist is Sebastian Michaelis, everyone’s ideal butler, who wishes for nothing more than to fulfill his young master’s every need. Now you may ask – what kind of reader am I, to be so easily marveled by an aristocrat and a merely simple butler? Well, I am obliged to highlight the fact that Sebastian is merely no ordinary butler, and as read more
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Mar 24, 2012
After seeing how many 10 and 9 ratings this manga is getting I decided to write my own review. Don't get me wrong, I love Kuroshitsuji, but I think this manga needs more objective and honest reviews, because let's face it, just because you enjoy something doesn't necessarily mean it's fantastic.

Story: 5
Kusoshitsuji has a pretty interesting concept: A young boy (10 at the time) makes a deal with a demon in order to get revenge on the people who destroyed his family. I love dark, twisted plotlines alot, so this manga instantly stood out to me for that reason. However, the way it lays out read more
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Both stories have similarity, between the Contractor and the Demon. They also have similar style and era. Characters wear Victorian-dress and Gothic style. The main characters have same deep conflict regarding their past times.
Both of these manga have a master/servant in the front in center. Also both the master and servant are pretty remarkable. There is also the old English feeling and the sense of dark political secrets and a hint of the mystical.

Art style is also similar.

Kuro Shitsuji has a smidge more humor and Godchild has more gore.
Strange cases, strange butlers, need I say more?
It's similiar to it in by how it gives you the same feel (well, to me anyways lolz) that Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro gives you. ^^ It may not seem like something good, since it doesn't seem to have a 'real' mainstory, but as you read on, there's an inkling of mystery that I cannot pass up on NOT finding out. The stories a bit dull at first and may seem like any other manga, but please do NOT be fooled by it; it has a special place in my heart, as do any other manga and anime that I like do, that I must recommend for everyone. The main character, the butler, named Sebastian, reminds me very much of Neuro, only a bit more mysterious and not quite as sadistic as Neuro is. The boy that Sebastian serves, reminds me of Yako; their relationship isn't the same as Neuro's and Yako's is, but I hope that it reminds you of them if you get a chance to read it. One thing that is another up about it is, is that the art is very beautiful and it's very hard not to resist oogling it =)
Grell and Riddle are both undertakers/shinigami and their personalities are also a lot alike. Brad and Sebby are both workaholics. Undertaker Riddle makes a contract an funny immature 17 year old school boy instead of a brat (and i mean that in the nicest way possible). But the conditions of the contract are different and the plot as a whole are different. Their clothing style for the characters are similar.
Both have a younger boy as a main character. Both stories focus on the relationship between the main characters. Both are mainly mystery shows with some fighting. Both are kind of gothic but Karneval has a more Circus feel. Both are really good.

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